It’s Back To School Time Columbus! Here are 23 Tips And Tricks For Student Success

As we step into the new school year we have to brace ourselves for whats to come, which is copious amounts of both excitement and stress.

We shouldn’t have to dread the start of school, but if you are it’s okay- because me too. All worries aside though we must move forward! Here are 23 tips and tricks to make this school year a little less stressful.

1. Don’t get supplies yet.


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Unless you go to a school where they provide a list of all the items you will need for the year, don’t go out and buy a bunch of school supplies. Wait until you’ve learned what you’ll actually need and the best way to stay organized for each particular class. I, or rather my mother, wasted a good amount of money on school supplies I didn’t need sophomore year and then had to get the right items the next week. So for the first week of school all you need is paper, pencils, pens, and a folder for anything the teachers pass out. After that, you’ll figure out what you really need.

2. Get a planner.


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No matter how many times you say you’re going to remember all your homework assignments, you still won’t. Writing it on the palm of your hand is great… until you sweat buckets during your English presentation and the notes are no longer legible. Keep a planner with all your class assignments and test dates, so you can at least feel like you’re more organized.

3. Learn to manage your time.


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I cannot stress enough the importance of managing your time well. You’re going to want to be involved in a lot of things, clubs, sports, difficult classes, music, and you might even want a social life. So make sure you use all your time wisely, get your homework done early and block out specific times to study. That way you can spend more time on the things you really care about

4. Get your sleeping schedule back on track.


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Going from waking up after 10 a.m. back to waking up before 7 a.m. is not an easy task. The excitement will wake you up the first day, and then every day after that you will just be a tired mess not ready to focus until three hours later. So, do yourself a favor and practice waking up early a few days or even weeks ahead of time.

5. Set goals.


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A little cliche I know, but getting motivated again for school can be really hard when you’ve been enjoying summer with significantly minimal responsibilities. Set yourself short term and long term goals for the year. For example, I will turn my first 10 assignments in on time for every class, or I’ll stay positive all year long in [insert least favorite class here].

6. But don’t set grade goals.


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Personal goals for a school year are really great. But what’s not so great is specific grades you’re requiring yourself to meet. Sure it would be nice to get straight A’s in every single class, but it’s not realistic. If you set grade goals, even if they seem reasonable, it really hurts your self-esteem when you don’t reach them. This goes out to parents too, try not to give your kids black and white goals. School isn’t supposed to be about grades anyway–it’s about learning. The most intellectually stimulating class I’ve ever been in, I got a C+. But I learned way more than you’d guess.

7. Keep a calendar where everyone in the house can see it.


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You may swear a hundred times you told your mom you had soccer practice on Tuesday at 6 o’clock, but if there’s no proof, mom always wins. So do yourself a favor and put a calendar someplace where everyone knows it’s there and be sure you update it every time you have a new activity, especially if it requires parent participation.

8. Introduce yourself to your teacher the first week.


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Start your school year off right by making yourself known to the teacher in a positive light. Tell them you’re excited about the class or even tell them that you expect it to be hard. No matter what you say, keep it positive and make it known that you appreciate them and you’re going to try hard in the class.

9. First impressions matter.


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Along with introducing yourself, avoid sweatpants the first couple days. I know, it hurts just to say it. Public school kids know the beauty of wearing sweats to school. You don’t need to wear your Sunday best, but save the comfiest clothes for after you’ve proved to the teacher you’re not a slacker.

10. Get the lunch menu schedule.


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Always get the lunch schedule from the cafeteria at the beginning of the year so you know what day to buy (pizza day) and what day you need to pack (meatloaf day).

11. Sit in the middle of the room.


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If you sit in the front the teacher knows your face all too well. If you sit in the back, you look like you don’t care. Pick a seat in the middle, you can’t go wrong.

12. Carry a water bottle with you


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If you carry a water bottle with you, you’re more likely to actually drink water. I don’t know if this is scientifically proven but I know that I drink the water when I’m bored in class. I’m significantly more hydrated on days I have school because of that.

13. Set out your clothes the night before.


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No matter how old you are, setting your clothes out the night before is always a good idea to get the morning going and avoid being late to class.

14. Set an alarm. Or three.


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Again, you always want to avoid being late. So set an alarm in the morning and give yourself ample time to make it to school.

15. Limit your screen time.


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I know, I sound like your mom, your teachers, your grandma, and every other adult ever. But I’m serious, learn when to have your devices out and when not to. Plug it in away from your bed and away from where you do your homework. You can pick it up later I promise, but study for your exam first.

16. The reward system works.


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I know because I’ve used it. One of the best ways to get things done is by rewarding yourself for them. After you’ve studied for an hour, allow yourself a 10-minute break. Once you read 30 pages of your book, grab a snack. When you finish all your homework for the night, watch some Netflix. You’ve worked hard, so treat yo’ self!

17. Make sure you have all the right paperwork.


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On the ever growing list of embarrassing things that happen to students, not having all the right forms is minimal but still an issue. Whether it’s the students’ job or the parents’ in your household, make sure you have everything you need for both school and sports as far as parent signatures and medical records. No one wants to get called to the office the first day because they forgot to turn something in.

18. Eat breakfast.


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It’s true that you learn better on a full stomach. Do yourself a favor and eat something in the morning, even if that means bringing a granola bar with you.

19. Bring a snack.


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Always have something in your bag in case of snacking emergency. If you’re hungry, you’re distracted.

20. Finish the hardest tasks first.


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A pro-tip for homework and studying is to do your hardest things first and save your easier tasks for last. This way, when you panic about not getting everything done it’ll only be the easy things that are still on your to-do list. It also allows you to step away from the hard things and switch over to the easy subjects momentarily to breathe. You’re still being productive, just less stressed.

21. Carry a notebook with you.


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This will be your dump journal. Everyone needs someplace they can dump extra information. Whether it’s something you need to remember for Algebra or a brief rant about how you spilled your coffee this morning, writing things down is a great way to get them off your brain and be more ready to focus.

 22. Sleep, sleep, and more sleep.


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You won’t learn anything if you’re tired. So go to bed at a reasonable time. Some people will tell you they stayed up until 2 a.m. doing their Spanish project–don’t be that person.

23. Just breathe.


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Whether you are a parent or a student, take a minute to breathe. It’s just another year and you’re going to be fine. Stay positive and stay focused.

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